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Are you ready for Consumer Day? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Michael J. Knell   
ImageThe return of Consumer Day at the upcoming Canadian Furniture Show has tremendous potential for every member of the industry, particularly those who are exhibiting. What I'm afraid of, having seen it before, is people are going to sit back and let the show organisers do all the work. That's the last thing they should do.
The case for higher prices PDF Print E-mail
Written by Michael J. Knell   
ImageWhenever an independent furniture, mattress and major appliance retailer is forced out of business, it's a sad day for our industry. But when two influential and well-known independents announce their getting out of the business voluntarily, it's time to realise there's something very wrong with our industry.
Welcome to 2015! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Michael J. Knell   

ImageThis is going to be an interesting year. While I don't expect to see wholesale change throughout Canada's furniture, mattress and major appliance industries, there are going to be some interesting and noteworthy developments as the year progresses.

My biggest hope for the year is for the unbridled success of our industry's only national industry event - the now renamed Canadian Furniture Show which will open for its four-day run on June 4. I am praying, in particular, that the show's first Consumer Day in 15 years is an even greater success. We need to send the Canadian consumer a powerful and not price-focused message.

The most important customer is the one in your store PDF Print E-mail
Written by Albert Marrache   
ImageEvery independent furniture, mattress and major appliance retailer in North America has the same problem. The need to increase profit without adding cost. Compounding the problem is there are fewer and fewer consumers walking into furniture stores every year.
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